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Old 03-25-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
Ice Dragon
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Source install logic

Ok, in Windows, when one downloads a program, one normally either unzips, and then runs a setup.exe file. Either that or the process is further simplified with an executable which decompresses and runs the install for you.

In Linux, there is the rpm which is basically the same thing. But there is also the source install capability which I need help with.

Normally, after you install from a binary executable, you can delete the executable. The question is, can I delete the decompressed files for a source install, or do I have to leave them be?
Old 03-25-2004, 02:34 PM   #2
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You can safely delete the source files after its installed, but if you want to uninstall them later you at least need the Makefile ( provided that it has an uninstall target )
Old 03-25-2004, 02:39 PM   #3
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Alrighty, thanks!


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